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Don’t Make This Mistake When Washing Your Face

Posted Dec 11 2010 1:01am

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Jeloel’s asking about acne…Which is better: washing oily face with washcloth or without? Many people say that a washcloth is a better exfoliator for oily skin… I don’t have very good results AT ALL with any face washes, even ProActive. I don’t use a washcloth, because in the past I saw no results. What should I do?

The Left Brain’s Reply:
First, washcloths do provide more exfoliation than just washing with your hands. But than can be good or bad depending on the state of your acne. A washcloth or scrubbing cloth can help keep your pores from clogging and prevent blemishes from forming.

But if you already have a full blown zit, the washcloth may be too rough for it. You might actually be making it worse! In that case you’re better off using an acne medication. OTC products like Proactive contain proven acne fighting ingredients like Salicylic Acid. If that’s not working for you, you might try a post-facial wash cream with Benzoyl Peroxide.

However, despite your best efforts, zits can persist. Consult a dermatologist to find out if you need to take antibiotics to get rid of the bacteria that can cause acne.

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